With about 83% of American households owning a slow cooker, it’s safe to say it’s one of our favorite inventions. These time and energy efficient kitchen appliances allow you to produce warm, nourishing, and complete meals that would otherwise take a lot of effort – all of this while you’re out of the house or doing something else!
Take credit for being the ultimate dinner multi-tasker with these wonderfully avo-licious twists on classic slow cooker recipes.
There are few things as heart- (and belly-) warming as a good chili, especially when it’s freezing outside. This vegetarian twist makes for a dinner that is not only tasty but nutrient-dense as well.
Using a classic 4-quart slow cooker, combine some soy-based ground “meat,” a cup of your beans of choice, corn kernels, and a jar of tomato salsa, spicing it up to your own preferences with some chili powder, hot sauce, and/or black pepper.
Set the temperature to low and pat yourself on the back – you’re 4 to 6 hours away from a delicious meal! Once the chili is cooked, add a dash of salt and then transfer to individual serving bowls. Add some creamy freshness by topping each serving off with some diced onions and ripe avocado.
To ensure that your avocado is perfectly ripe and ready to eat, look for a dark-skinned fruit which gives under slight pressure. Here are some visual cues to help you out!
You can also use your slow cooker to create the basis for a lot of tasty fun to come, like a delicious pulled-chicken filling that the whole family can enjoy in their own custom-made tacos.
All you need is 2 boneless chicken breasts, 3 tablespoons of taco seasoning, and a cup of chicken broth. Dissolve the taco spices in the chicken broth and then pour it over the chicken breasts you’ve placed in your slow cooker. Set the heat to low and let it cook for 6-8 hours, which leaves you lots of time to shred some cheese, chop some tomatoes, and create a deliciously zesty avocado crema to drizzle on top.
To start on the crema, you’ll need to slice your avocado open and scoop out the pit using an avocado scoop or tablespoon.
Once you have the fruit scooped out into a bowl, add half a cup of sour cream and the zest of one lime, and then whip it all together in a blender. Once your chicken is cooked, shred the meat using 2 forks and warm up some fresh corn tortillas. Build your taco according to your own preferences, topping it off with some crema – presto! An interactive (and nutritious) dinner for the whole family!
Now you’ve spruced up some of your favorite slow cooker recipes with a little help from Avocados From Mexico.